President’s trophy Air Race (PTAR)

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President’s trophy Air Race (PTAR)

Post by admin » Tue May 07, 2019 8:24 am

This past extended long weekend the PTAR took place in the West Coast seaside town of Saldanha hosted by the Saldanha Flying Club. I arrived early on Friday morning to pretty poor weather conditions that deteriorated through the day and eventually at around 13h00 the first day race was called off for safety reasons, due to the fact that some of the turn points were still under cloud and where rain was being experienced. Although very cold with a stiff onshore wind, Saturday’s conditions improved significantly and the race was on. In all about 46 teams started the race, which was very well handicapped, because most competitors crossed the finishing line overhead the runway within five minutes.

Perhaps the real heroes of the 2019 PTAR are the SAPFA team and chairman Rob Jonkers in particular. After the serious problems that the SAPFA committee faced after the 2018 PTAR staged in Bloemfontein, they had to pull out all the stops to rescue the annual PTAR. Providing a new improved format with relaxed rules especially as far as disqualification is concerned, the atmosphere amongst the competitors at this year’s event was something special. Generally speaking the competitors were most satisfied with the eventual results as having been fair, whilst almost all teams I spoke to commented on the challenging wind conditions that probably favoured the slower aircraft in the race.

The first ten places were recorded as follows:
  • Race 60 ZS-EUB Mooney M20F Kobus van der Merwe and Sarel van der Merwe
  • Race 91 ZU-FNV Pipistrel Virus SW 100 Kobus Nel and Martin Grunert
  • Race 3 ZS-FVV Piper PA-28-235C Johan Whiteman and Quintin Kruger
  • Race 21 ZS-IJL Beech K35 Bennie du Plessis and Barry de Groot
  • Race 5 74 ZU-KAI Flight Design CTSW Kai-Uwe Neckel and Ross Leighton
  • Race 65 ZS-DVK Beech S35 Carel Hoffman and Alexandre
  • Race 76 ZU-JHA Vans Aircraft RV-6 Alewyn Burger and Charles Peck
  • Race 33 ZU-IOK Airplane Factory Sling 4 Andrew Lane and James Pitman
  • Race 1 ZU-SFA Vans Aircraft RV-7 Rufus Dreyer and Joggie Prinsloo
  • Race 18 ZS-ECK Cessna 182H Eduard du Plessis and Hubert Wentzel

07 PTAR winners Kobus van der Merwe and Sarel van der Merwe.JPG
07 PTAR winners Kobus van der Merwe and Sarel van der Merwe.JPG (175.83 KiB) Viewed 62 times
06 All the trophy winners at the dinner.JPG
06 All the trophy winners at the dinner.JPG (176.06 KiB) Viewed 62 times
05 PTAR group picture of competitors and officials on Saturday.JPG
05 PTAR group picture of competitors and officials on Saturday.JPG (294.62 KiB) Viewed 62 times

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